Clovis News: Sports

Sports briefs: NCAA water polo teams feature ex-Valley stars

Seven former Fresno-area high school standouts are on the rosters of the nine teams competing in the NCAA Women's Water Polo Championships, which are set for May 13-15 at Canham Natatorium in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Big West Conference champion and fifth-seeded UC Irvine, which opens the single-elimination tournament May 13 against fourth-seeded USC, has the largest group: Caitlin Haskell (Buchanan), Rebecca Voytilla (Buchanan), Kelsey Klatt (Sunnyside) and Layne Kipp (Edison). The Anteaters are coached by ex-Clovis West star and 2004 Olympian Dan Klatt.

UC San Diego has Kirsten Bates (Kingsburg) and Katherine Biehle (Golden West). The seventh-seeded Tritons open against No. 2 Cal.

Third-seeded UCLA, which faces No. 6 Indiana in its opener, has Emily Greenwood (Buchanan).

College stars make regional academic team

Fresno Pacific's Andrew Douglas was named to the Academic All-District Baseball first team in the College Division and Fresno State's Cody Kendall to the University second team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

The awards honors players who excel in the classroom and on the field. First-team selections advance to the All-America Team ballot, to be voted on later this month. Both players are in District 8, which covers much of the West.

Douglas, a senior second baseman, has a 3.41 GPA. He's batting a team-high .345 this season. He was one of two players from the Golden State Athletic Conference to earn first-team honors at the College Division, which includes NAIA and NCAA Divisions II-III.

Kendall, a reliever, has a 3.54 GPA. He is 5-0 with a 1.80 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 30 innings. Kendall was one of two from the Western Athletic Conference to be named to the first or second teams of the University Division, which includes NCAA D-I players.

COS's Rieger named CVC's best in baseball

College of Sequoias sophomore Ryan Rieger earned Central Valley Conference Most Valuable Player honors in baseball.

Rieger led the conference in extra-base hits (27), including seven homers and 15 doubles, and was tied for first with 31 RBIs. His .365 average is second.

West Hill's Paul "Archie" Hodsdon, who died mid-season, was co-Coach of the Year with Chris Pedretti of champion Merced. Merced's Jake Sisco was named Pitcher of the Year.

Other first-team selections for COS included Kyle Brueggeman, pitcher; Taylor Wade, reliever; Brandon Pizzo, catcher; Ryan McClellan, infielder; Michael Mariscal, outfielder; and Kevin Seeger, DH.

Fresno City's first-teamers were pitchers Michael York and Tyson Perez, first baseman Brett Jones, infielder Josh Banuelos, and outfielders Clay Cederquist and Mitchell Sodersten.

Reedley put first baseman Kyle Coppom and infielder Matt Fox on the first team.

UFL draftees include ex-Reedley standouts

A pair of ex-Reedley College defensive ends were among the players selected in this week's United Football League draft.

Roberto Davis,who went on to Northwest Missouri State, was taken 18th overall by Sacramento. Defensive end Ervin Baldwin,who also played at Michigan State and was a Chicago Bears' draft pick in 2008, went No. 27 to Hartford.

Fresno Pacific set for annual golf tourney

Fresno Pacific will host its annual Sunbirds Golf Classic on May 14 at the Eagle Springs Golf & Country Club.

Cost is $175 per golfer or $700 for a group of four and includes 18 holes with a cart, raffle prizes and dinner.

Registration is 11 a.m. and the shotgun start at 1 p.m. Proceeds go to Sunbirds athletics.